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January 25, 2020 07:44

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SaveDotOrg to protest outside ICANN HQ. #lol

Good grief. Just when you thought the outrage over .org manager Public Interest Registry’s imminent sale to Ethos Capital couldn’t get any weirder, the #SaveDotOrg campaign has announced that it is going to physically protest ICANN’s headquarters in Los Angeles next week. From 0900 until 1100 local time, Friday January 24, they’ll gather to demand […]

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Now .org critics actually want to take over the registry, blocking billion-dollar sale

A group of ICANN alumni and non-profits want to block the $1.135 billion sale of .org manager Public Interest Registry and for ICANN to hand over the reins to a new not-for-profit entity. The Cooperative Corporation of .ORG Registrants was reportedly formed in California this week, supported by a long list of opponents of the […]

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18,000 sign EFF letter asking ICANN to halt .Org sale

Hundreds of nonprofits ask ICANN to pause deal to sell .Org registry to for-profit private equity company. Over 400 nonprofit entities and 18,000 individuals have signed on to a letter authored by Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), asking ICANN to halt the sale of .Org until changes are made. The letter asks for “legally binding commitments […]

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Non-coms want .org’s future carved in stone

ICANN’s non-commercial stakeholders have “demanded” changes to Public Interest Registry’s .org contract, to protect registrants for the next couple of decades. The NCSG sent a letter to ICANN chair Maarten Botterman this week which stopped short of demanding, as others have, that ICANN reverse its decision to unfetter PIR from the 10%-a-year cap on prices […]

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#SaveDotOrg to hold public web conference tomorrow with Ethos execs

The two top executives at Ethos Capital are due to confront non-profits that want to stymie its $1.13 billion acquisition of Public Interest Registry on a public call tomorrow. The call has been put together by NTEN, a conference organizer that focuses on the use of tech by non-profits. According to NTEN, the call will […]

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Four big developments in the .org pricing scandal

The renewal of Public Interest Registry’s .org contract and its subsequent acquisition by Ethos Capital is the gift that keeps on giving in terms of newsworthy developments, so I thought I’d bundle up the most important into a single article. First, ICANN has thrown out the appeal filed by Namecheap and provided a (kinda) explanation […]

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ICANN board meets to consider PIR acquisition TODAY

ICANN’s board of directors will gather today to consider whether the acquisition of Public Interest Registry by a private equity company means that it should reverse its own decision to allow PIR to raise .org price arbitrarily. Don’t get too excited. It looks like it’s largely a process formality that won’t lead to any big […]

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EFF becomes second to appeal new .org contract

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has appealed ICANN’s decision to add stronger trademark protection rules to .org. The civil liberties organization has filed a Request for Reconsideration with ICANN, saying that the new .org contract should not oblige Public Interest Registry to implement the Uniform Rapid Suspension policy. URS is a swifter, cheaper version of the […]

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US scraps fucking stupid “seven dirty words” ban

Neustar and the US government have agreed to dump their longstanding ban on profanity in .us domains. A contract change quietly published in July has now made it possible to register .us domains containing the strings “fuck”, “cunt”, “shit”, “piss”, “cocksucker”, “motherfucker” and “tits”. These are the so-called “seven dirty words” popularized by a George […]

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Not all TLDs are created equal when it comes to protecting domain owners

You might think that registering a .COM, a .LONDON, or a .IO are all the same except for the price. While you would be right, the .COM always does command the highest price, there’s more under the hood with a TLD, and in some cases this could be the difference between keeping and losing your […]

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